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Blood Center Foundation launches scholarship and grants for local community colleges

Blood Center Foundation launches scholarship and grants for local community colleges


The Board of Directors of the Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest has launched two scholarships and awarded two grants totaling $41,590 for second quarter, 2015. According to the Blood Center, this money is meant to continue its commitment to funding education, technology and research advances in the field of blood banking and transfusion medicine.


Scholarships for community college students studying phlebotomy at the Community Colleges of Spokane, North Idaho College and Lewis & Clark State College will be offered beginning in the fall. Each institution will receive $3,000 per year for scholarship awards to offset registration and program fees.


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4 things to know for April 20

Hells Angels shooting: Spokane police are investigating a shooting outside the Hells Angels Clubhouse that sent one man to the hospital and closed down a section of Sprague for hours Sunday. Police say the victim was shot outside of Hells Angels and two men then drove him to the hospital. A witness told KXLY4 someone inside a black car fired about five shots. The police department's major crimes unit and gang unit were both on scene investigating.

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Boston Marathon: Today the 119th Boston Marathon gets underway, two years after the horrific bombings at the race's finish line. More than 30,000 runners and a million spectators will attend the event. Security is tight this year, with an army of police and other security forces on hand. Meanwhile, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of the 2013 bombings, waits for the sentencing phase of his trial to begin tomorrow.

Spokane celebrates Earth Day

Spokane celebrated Earth Day with a festival in Riverfront Park.

"Earth Day originated in 1970," organizer Michael Beasley explained. "It was the result of a lot of people in those days, very concerned about the environmental challenges of that day."

Each group had their own message, but they all share an underlying purpose.

"Part of the larger message of trying to protect the environment, reverse global warming, and move faster to alternative forms of energy," Beasley said.

Jim Schrock owns a local organic farm and Earthworks Recycling. He explained everyone can do their part to protect and improve our environment.

"There's always something more you can do," he said. "No matter what your level of environmental consciousness or ability or desire to do, you can decide to do a little more.

Other Earth Day Spokane participants agreed, saying everyone, no matter who you are or what you believe in, should strive to take care of Mother Earth.

Congressional letter could impact Kettle Falls 5 case

Two California lawmakers are telling the Federal Government, leave states alone when it comes to medical marijuana.

Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder explaining their intent behind an amendment passed last year that blocks the Department of Justice from prosecuting cases involving medical marijuana.

In the letter they state the intent of their amendment was to, "prevent the department from wasting its limited law enforcement resources on prosecuting medical marijuana."

The amendment, signed into law by President Obama could have an impact on the Kettle Falls Five case.

Three of the five were found not guilty in federal court on four of five charges related to growing medical marijuana.

Kari Boiter, the groups spokesperson says the letter from Congress sends a strong message.

"On the last line of that letter it says that it's the Department of Justice is out of compliance with federal law and it doesn't get any more clear than that," Boiter said.

The letter reads that the Department of Justices' interpretation of the law was,"emphatically wrong."

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Last days to take advantage of Bloomsday's early registration fee

Last days to take advantage of Bloomsday's early registration fee


Thinking of participating in this year's Bloomsday?


Sunday, April 19th is the final day for runners, joggers and walkers a like to sign up for the race for the $18.00 fee before it increases to $35.00.


The $18.00 fee is the lowest in the nation for a major running event. Online registration is available by logging on to the Bloomsday website, www.bloomsdayrun.org. In order to qualify for the early registration price, entries must be completed by midnight Sunday April 19th.


After Sunday, the fee will increase to $35.00 for late registration. Late registration will be available online through Sunday, April 26th. After that, late entry will only be available during regular Check-In hours on Bloomsday weekend.


50,000 entrants are expected for this year's Lilac Bloomsday Run which is scheduled for Sunday May 3.


Spokane PD to offer free Citizens Academy beginning May 6

Spokane PD to offer free Citizens Academy beginning May 6


The Spokane Police Department will host a free Citizen Academy from Wednesday May 6th through June 3rd. The classes will be held every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


The Spokane Police Department Citizens Academy is designed to provide participating community members with an inside look at the SPD and a working knowledge of the various aspects of law enforcement.


The program is free to attend, but spots are limited.


During the Academy, students will be introduced to both hands-on and virtual police training. Additionally they will learn about operations and investigative procedures, special police units, and more. The Citizens Academy will culminate with a graduation ceremony where students will be awarded certificates of completion.


Classes will take place at the Spokane Police Academy at 2302 N. Waterwords St.


Those interested in signing up should contact Kim Anderson at KAnderson@spokane.org or calling 509-742-8100.

Annual Compost Fair set for Saturday April 25

Annual Compost Fair set for Saturday April 25


The Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers will host the 38th semi-annual Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum on Saturday, April 25. The Compost Fair is part of the City of Spokane’s Arbor Day Celebration and starts at 11:00 a.m.  Attendees must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to complete all of the compost fair activities by the 2:00 p.m. close. 


Participants will learn how to turn into compost the “clean green” materials that result from their spring yard work and landscape trimming as well as the types of food scraps that can be included in a backyard compost pile. Activity stations will provide hands-on experience and lots of information on the materials that can be composted, types of bins to use, and how to build and turn a pile. The finished compost is excellent material to recycle back into yards and gardens.